Last week, a lot of headlines featured news about an analysis that found eating the healthiest of diets costs more per day – about $1.50 more – than the least healthy diet.
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The analysis of research was published in BMJ Open and it’s important information for cancer prevention. Eating a diet with plenty of fiber, fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods plays a role in cancer risk and weight. A healthy diet and a healthy weight could prevent approximately 120,000 US cancers each year.
Doing the math, eating the healthiest diets on average cost about $550 more a year than the least healthy. That’s a barrier for many, as the authors point out.
But cancer – along with the other chronic diseases related to an unhealthy diet – has an expensive toll. Globally, the cost of cancer costs more than any other disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
Our Health-e-Recipe for Red Berry Pudding with Cream gets high marks for being a healthy, low-calorie and beautiful holiday dessert.
Using unsweetened frozen raspberries and strawberries keeps this dessert low in calories. That way, you can control the sweetness by adding only the small amount the recipe calls for. Ditto for the light cream.
Berries are powerhouses of cancer-preventive phytochemicals. AICR grantees and other researchers are continuing to find polyphenols and other health-boosting compounds in all kinds of berries. This holiday season, fill your plate with a variety of berries and other plant foods — vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seasonings — to get the most cancer protection and keep calories low.
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Are you trying to maintain a healthy body weight (or even lose weight), but finding it hard this time of year? You’re not alone! I work with people to help them lose weight and live healthier. Here are some of the biggest holiday hang-ups I hear around the holidays, and some tips to help you overcome them.
“I can’t resist all the leftover Halloween candy.” If you still have candy sitting around, the first step is to get it out of sight. Toss it, send it to troops overseas or even hide it in the back of the freezer and take out individual pieces as occasional treats. You are much less likely to over-eat if it isn’t sitting in a candy jar right on your counter top.
On the day-of the holiday, like Christmas or Thanksgiving, “I want to try a bit of everything.” My recommendation: select just your favorites. Be a food snob – if you don’t absolutely love it, don’t bother! Fill your plate just once, and build it according to AICR’s New American Plate: 2/3 vegetables, fruit and whole grains and 1/3 lean protein.
One of the biggest hang-ups I hear is that there are “constantly cookies, cakes, chocolates and other treats in the office.” Continue reading